Hanukkah candles reminder to hostile world that we’re not going anywhere

Jews are here to stay

Hanukkah candles reminder to hostile world that we’re not going anywhere

Naomi Ragen
Published: 12.11.09, 14:10 / Israel Opinion

Every single Jew living in the land of Israel is a modern day Macabee. Every Jew who has dared to wrench this re-born homeland from a callous world that would deny us Jews our birthright, while championing the birthrights of every other native people in the world – Tibetans, and Palestinians, and South African Blacks– is a Macabee.

Every Jew sitting in Israel, surrounded by the overwhelming power and numbers and evil designs of the hostile Moslem world, is a Macabee. With every candle we light – whether we are religious or secular – we celebrate those things that hold us together as a nation: our history and our culture and our faith.

We celebrate that these things have not been erased from the world, and are not now relics behind the glass cases of museum exhibits like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, and Samarians. With every light in our window shining out against the dark night we proclaim: We are still here and our very existence is a stunning victory of the weak against the strong, the many against the few, the just, who love and protect life, against the lawless, who have no respect for life.

With every candle we light, we reaffirm all those things that hold us together as a nation and a people:

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Obama greets world’s Jews for Chanukah

Obama greets world’s Jews for Hanukka
Dec. 11, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

“Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Hanukka around the world,” US President Barack Obama said in a holiday greeting issued Friday, addressed to worldwide Jewry.

“The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds,” he said, seeking to remind Jews that even thousands of years later there was strength to be drawn from their religious texts.

“Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share,” he said.

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“CHRISTIANS” OF THE HOLY LAND DENOUNCE ISRAEL!

“CHRISTIANS” OF THE HOLY LAND DENOUNCE ISRAEL!

In a lengthy declaration labeled as a message of “faith, hope and love,” dozens of Arab Christian leaders from various churches represented in the region denounced Israel as the main obstacle to peace and rejected the validity of the biblical link between the Jews and the land.

Published on by regional leaders of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist churches, the document, titled “A Moment of Truth,” lamented that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had reached an impasse, and that there was now little hope of reversing “Palestinian suffering.”

“We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land,” read the statement. “Today we have reached a dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people.”

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